Digital Is Here. Is Your Workforce Ready?

First of a four-part series. “Be digital.” I’ve thought a lot about this business mandate, and I fully agree that it’s not enough to focus on isolated digital initiatives or take anything less than a full-on approach to customer centricity and personalization. It’s completely true that business leaders need to think “digital first” when approaching […]

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On a Scale of 1-10, How Secure Are You?

A colleague of mine – a lawyer whose IQ is stratospheric – confesses to feeling terrified 99% of the time. Now, this is a guy who’s very well read, very savvy, a guy I’ve known for a long time and appears as serene as a summer lake. He snowboards and cycles without a helmet and […]

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Blockchain as a Design Thinking 2.0 Tool

I recently participated in an IDG-sponsored roundtable discussion on blockchain with representatives from the technology, consulting and academic worlds. All panelists agreed that we will see widespread adoption of blockchain technologies in business and beyond – but likely in ways we haven’t yet thought about. One common observation was that the business relevance of blockchain […]

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Half Man, Half Machine, All Centaur

A robot is going to steal your job. AI is only a handful of years away from being smarter than you. The bot uprising is coming to enslave or kill us all. Deep learning is creating code that we can’t understand. The great digital divide is coming. Maybe. Or maybe there’s another path forward. Our […]

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Hello, Robot Tax? Meet Habeas Corpus

Bill Gates recently sparked controversy in the Twittersphere for suggesting a robot tax.  His argument: that the government stands to lose an influx of funds from workers’ income taxes because intelligent machines will replace human workers. Now, I pay my taxes willingly, just like most everyone else.  I’m no spokesman for the Howard Jarvis society.  […]

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How Digital Collaboration Lets Humans Be Human

Many of us have grown up on a healthy diet of R2-D2, Skynet, Autobots, JARVIS and the Matrix. What was a mere notion – artificial intelligence, bots and algorithms coexisting with and influencing our lives – has now become integral to what we do, both personally and professionally. AI is disrupting the very core of […]

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A New Role for Medical Device Field Service

My first experience in service and repair came in the early ‘90s, working with leading telecommunications companies in the U.S. and Europe.  With deregulation, cost pressures and new technologies, telcos needed to completely change how they planned, dispatched, delivered and managed field service work. It was a tough mandate: Maintain service quality while increasing the […]

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Digital Transformation: Less about Digital, More about Humans

Businesses are at varying stages of their digital transformation journeys, whether they’re at the forefront of innovation and setting the trends for their respective industries, or just now embarking. These businesses are driving digital throughout the enterprise, with a relentless commitment to rethink every asset, process, product, service and architecture within it. With digital interest […]

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The Make-or-Break Factor for Digital Success in Europe

If you’ve read my previous post and found the time to review my latest report, “Europe’s Digital Imperative,” you’ll know just how much money digital means for Europe. (In fact, one of the reasons for undertaking the research in that report was to provide the net/net of digital transformation.) However, as one of my previous […]

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Europe’s Digital Imperative Moves into View

Do you feel you’re living in a golden era?  By some important metrics, 2016 was the best year in humanity’s history (I know, hard to believe). According to World Bank figures, every day about a quarter of a million people moved out of extreme poverty, and that’s the highest it’s been in, like, ever.  Disease, famine […]

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